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The Schnalstal in South Tyrol

Ideal for a holiday at any time of year

The Schnalstal Valley extends from the apple orchards at its entrance up to the mighty glaciers at the head of the valley, with steep mountain walls lining its sides. Dense forests of larch extend up to an altitude of 2,600 metres, with ancient farms located in the clearings. Peasants eked out a meagre existence for centuries in this remote valley; tourism only began gradually with the construction of the cable car up to the glacier in 1972.

The Schnalstal Valley revels in its vast range of activities: skiing in the morning and relaxing in the afternoon; conquering the surrounding peaks followed by a choice of wellness treatments; simply walking or hiking nearby; savouring the romantic atmosphere of the mountain huts and having fun on the slopes, with tradition and culture never far away; plus the many opportunities for sport and relaxation. We are proud of all this and would be delighted if you would visit us and our valley.


We do our utmost to ensure you can relax and recuperate here. We will be pleased to offer you advice on hiking routes and events and we can provide all kinds of interesting facts about the valley and its history.


Around 300 km of hiking trails, not a few of archaeological interest, run through the Schnalstal Valley – many straight from the farm. The paths lead through vineyards from farm to farm, or set a challenge to ambitious mountaineers with glacier tours at up to 3,200 metres above sea level.

Corporate film: Hiking in the schnalstal valley


Run by the locals, the mountain refuges and dairy huts afford a welcome to weary hikers: relief is at hand from homemade specialties, made from regional produce. There are tours to suit every fitness level.


The Archeoparc Schnals is an open-air museum focusing on Ötzi, the mummified Man from the Ice. In addition to learning all about to Ötzi, young and old alike can get a feeling for life in the Stone Age at the various stations.

Archeoparc Website


All ages are welcome at the Ötzi Rope Park, a climbing centre and high ropes course. Ten different routes, up to 30 metres off the ground, are sure to provide fun and action. Special highlights include the giant swing and three Flying Foxes, one of which is some 700 metres long.

Ötzi Rope Park Website


The monastery, built in 1326, belonged to the Carthusian order. The monastery kitchen, the prior’s house, the entrance portal, the grotto, the fortified wall and the cloister can all still be visited today, with the latter used for cultural events in summer.


Everyday farming life in the Schnalstal Valley has been shaped by Christian tradition. In addition to the pilgrimage church at Unser Frau and the Allerengelberg monastery, the old ways in the valley are reflected by festive processions.


There are numerous concerts all year round by local music bands as well as national and international artists, attracting crowds of music fans to the Schnalstal Valley


Come and discover the sheer variety of our “Winter Wonderland”: there is skiing and snowboarding up on the glaciers above Kurzras, cross-country skiing, tobogganing and winter walks start direct from our farm, there are the delights of South Tyrolean cuisine to enjoy, or you can simply spend the day relaxing in our warm snug. The Schnalstal Valley is the perfect place for a winter holiday.


Located just 15 km up from the farm, the Schnalstal Valley glacier offers 35 kilometres of slopes to winter sports enthusiasts. The 8-kilometre “Smugglers’ Slope” is a particular favourite for beginners and experts alike. There are also plenty of tours for ski mountaineers.Verschiedene Einkehrmöglichkeiten direkt an der Piste füllen hungrige Mägen. Die nächste Skibushaltestelle befindet sich nur 200 m entfernt vom Hof.



Those who prefer a quiet winter walk in the snow are well catered for: there are the wonderful hiking trails that run from directly behind the Oberniederhof or the high-altitude route up on the glacier.


Nowhere in Italy is the snow more reliable for tobogganing than on the Schnalstal Valley glacier. The sunny, 3.3 km toboggan run goes from Lazaun (2,430 m) through the forest down to the valley at Kurzras.


You can enjoy fine South Tyrolean cuisine in the local restaurants. Whether you prefer traditional and down-to-earth, or exclusive and creative, we will gladly share our favourites with you.


The surrounding area hosts various markets in the run-up to Christmas, where craftsmen and artists have the opportunity to show off their wares. Festive concerts at Naturns near Meran and in the Vinschgau Valley set the tone for the Christmas season and fill the wintry landscape with peaceful sounds.